Feds say no to US idea of separate bilateral deals

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first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau Government is scoffing at the idea of scrapping NAFTA negotiations in favour of separate bilateral trade deals.This comes after the White House again floated the possibility of separate talks with Canada and Mexico.Simply put, this option is not on the table for Canada. On his way into question period Andrew Leslie, the Parliamentary Secretary for Canada-U.S. Relations, was quick to dismiss the idea.“Canada has maintained right from the beginning we believe in a trilateral NAFTA. We believe that together it’s been a win-win-win for our three economies and all three nations prosper,” says Leslie.But the U.S. is getting more serious about the possibility. President Donald Trump revived the idea last week, and now his leading economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox he spoke with Trump about it. He then pushed the plan to a senior member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, although he didn’t name who it was.International Trade Minister Francois Philippes Champagne is dismissing the proposal being put forward by the Trump administration. He says our economies and industries are so tied together, it would be difficult to split the talks.“Over the last 24 years, we’ve built a very integrated supply chain, which has been good for economy, good for consumers, good for workers on all sides.”The issue will likely create more economic uncertainty, following the tariffs on steel and aluminum and just in time for the G7 summit in Quebec later this week where tariffs and trade are expected to cause tensions at the talks.last_img read more

City Council approves grant application for Festival Plaza

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first_imgThis new space in Centennial Park aligns with the City’s strategic plan to use downtown as a social, vibrant hub. The City would like to start project tendering in March 2019 and begin construction in April with completion in September 2019. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the recent Regular City Council Meeting, Council approved the application to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for a grant to put towards the Festival Plaza.The grant worth up to $50,000 from the Northeast Regional Development Account would help add value to the work that is done shares the City Manager.The Festival Plaza will be located on the northwest corner of Centennial Park on the grounds next to 100th street and 96 Avenue. The Plaza will act as a visual entrance to the City of Fort St. John when travelling in from the south.last_img read more

Marrakech to Host 2nd Media Art Morocco Event

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Rabat – The Arab Media Lab and Digital Marrakech 6 are hosting the second  Media Art Morocco (MAM) event from October to December.Media Art Morocco is a three-month-long symposium centered on media arts. Media Art Morocco (MAM) aims to promote creativity and self-expression among aspiring young media artists in Morocco and the Arab World. It also works to inform the young generation of developments in media arts. “By organizing MAM, we would like to contributing (sic) in strengthen the interest in media arts among new, emerging and established artists in Morocco and the Arab region,” wrote the organizers.MAM is a major platform that trains budding media artists and enlarge their perspective on the creative process.“We believe that art can be and is an inspiring force for change. It can articulate, respond to and / or challenge prevailing realities that hold communities and individuals back,” MAM’s website says.The organizers claim the project “transforms the youth from passive to proactive individuals who think critically and create profound artistic projects which delve deeper in their society and which hopefully leads to personal transformation and social change.” The festival offers attendees a series of master classes, media art workshops, video performances, film screenings, lectures, and exhibitions. Young media artists can use the event to connect with professional media artists and filmmakers from all over the world. read more

Indian Ocean nations to test UNbacked tsunami warning system

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The exercise takes place in the wake of the tsunami that killed more than 100 people in Samoa last month, “providing a sober reminder that coastal communities everywhere need to be aware and prepared for such events,” stated the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Following the 2004 tsunami, UNESCO – through its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) – helped countries in the region set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS). The upcoming drill – known as “Exercise Indian Ocean Wave 09” – will test and evaluate the effectiveness of the system, identify weaknesses and areas of improvement, as well as aim to increase preparedness and improve coordination throughout the region. The exercise will replicate the magnitude 9.2 earthquake that occurred off the northwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, in 2004, generating a destructive tsunami affecting countries from Australia to South Africa. The simulated tsunami will spread in real time across the entire Indian Ocean, taking approximately 12 hours to travel from Indonesia to the coast of South Africa. Bulletins will be issued by the Japan Meteorogical Agency (JMA) in Tokyo and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii, United States, which have served as the interim advisory services since 2005. The recently established Regional Tsunami Watch Providers (RTWP) in Australia, India and Indonesia will also participate in the exercise and will share experimental real time bulletins between themselves only. Countries participating in next week’s drill are Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Timor-Leste. A similar drill was held in October 2008 to test the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS). Such early warning systems have also been set up in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Northeast Atlantic Ocean and connected seas. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in addressing key issues, including natural disaster reduction. “Through good climate science and information sharing, ICTs can help reduce the risk and impact of natural disasters,” he told heads of State and Chief Executive Officers attending Telecom World 2009 in Geneva. “When an earthquake hits, a coordinated ICT system can monitor developments, send out emergency messages and help people to cope.” Organized by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Telecom World is a unique event for the ICT community which brings together the top names from across the industry and around the world. This year’s forum highlights the reach and role of telecommunications and ICT in areas such as the digital divide, climate change, and disaster relief. 6 October 2009Eighteen countries around the Indian Ocean Rim will participate in a United Nations-backed tsunami exercise on 14 October to coincide with World Disaster Reduction Day, the first time that the warning system set up following the devastating disaster that struck the region in 2004 will be tested. read more

Ohio State wrestling has what it takes mentally and physically to come

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Redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello wrestles down an opponent during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe Buckeyes have managed to stay in the national title hunt despite one of the toughest schedules in college wrestling, a handful of injuries and unpredictable tragedy.Just about a month after the Ohio State wrestling season began, teammate Kosta Karageorge was found dead a few days after going missing the night before Thanksgiving.“Obviously Kosta (Karageorge’s death) has been something we’ve dealt with, but we are learning about ourselves,” coach Tom Ryan said. “This team has what it takes mentally and physically to be on top at the end.”Along with the tragic passing of a teammate, the Buckeyes have also been shorthanded throughout the year and lost some matches early on because of it.Redshirt-junior Hunter Stieber (elbow) and redshirt-sophomore Nick Tavanello (knee) are looking to return during the first or second rounds of the National Duals.Stieber (1-2) ranks sixth nationally at 149 pounds despite only wrestling three matches. He was a Big Ten Champion and national semifinalist in 2013.Tavenello (13-7), ranked ninth at heavyweight, has missed the last seven duals and the Buckeyes don’t have a win from a backup in the weight class. Ryan said he believes Karageaorge could have been a real help during this time of year.“Kosta would have been tough,” Ryan said. “He put on a lot of size during football and could have been a heavyweight backup, he would have given some of these top guys some good matches.”Despite the adversity, the third ranked Buckeyes have defeated four teams currently ranked in the top 16 ­— No. 3 Minnesota, No. 5 Penn State, No. 12 Virginia and No. 16 Michigan.Leading the way for the Buckeyes has been redshirt-senior Logan Stieber (19-0). Stieber is currently ranked first at 141 pounds and is looking to become just the fourth collegiate wrestler to win four national championships.Not only has the senior leadership been there for the third-ranked Buckeyes, but three freshmen have also carried their weight and then some, and are a big reason for the team’s success.Redshirt-freshmen Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan, along with freshman Kyle Snyder, have pushed their way into the top 10 in their respective weight classes.Tomasello, ranked seventh nationally at 125 pounds, has been called the fire that gets this team going on match days. His aggressive style and nonstop action on the mat provides a spark to each wrestler that follows him in the lineup. At 22-4 he is tied for most wins on the team with redshirt-junior Johnni DiJulius (22-3) and Snyder.Jordan is currently 14-0 and 37-0 in his career at OSU. He is ranked fifth nationally and has stepped up in key moments to give his team extra points when called upon to do so. In his last match against No. 17 Nick Wanzek, the 165 pounder didn’t just get the win, he managed to get the fall and the hopeful six points.Snyder continues to move up the rankings and will have a chance to continue this trend after his latest win against a top five opponent Scott Schiller of Minnesota. Snyder looks to be the number one seed for the Big Ten Championships the first weekend in March.“I’ve never done a study on teams that have won championships and the amount of adversity that they go through and how much makes them grow, but we’ve had our fair share and it’s been a challenging year,” Ryan said. There has been situations where if someone were to have told me they were going to happen beforehand I would have said they should be a writer in Hollywood because that’s some crazy thinking.”OSU is set to return to the mat Sunday, when it is scheduled to travel to take on No. 15 Edinboro in the first round of the National Duals in Edinboro, Pa.For more on this story, watch Maddie Spielman’s video below. read more

Roma make enquiries about Suso Fernandez

Roma make enquiries about Suso Fernandez

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first_imgAS Roma have reportedly made enquiries about AC Milan’s midfielder Suso Fernandez, as they see the Spanish player as a potential alternative to Malcom.The Giallorossi had agreed on a deal with Bordeaux to sign Malcom, but the Catalans made an 11th hour move to hijack the transfer.Sporting director Monchi is still looking for someone to play on the right flank, and calciomercato.com reports that he met Suso’s agent Alessandro Lucci today.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The former Liverpool player has a release clause of €38m, but it’s only valid for foreign clubs and expired on July 15.The Rossoneri are asking for around €40m, but at this stage, Roma are only making enquiries and aren’t ready to submit a bid.Alternatives include Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax’s David Neres, Mikel Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad, RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg and Domenico Berardi, the Sassuolo forward who worked with Eusebio Di Francesco at Mapei Stadium.last_img read more

Standard Life Aberdeen commits to supporting staff experiencing endometriosis

Standard Life Aberdeen commits to supporting staff experiencing endometriosis

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first_imgInvestment management organisation Standard Life Aberdeen has been accredited as the UK’s first endometriosis friendly employer, committing to provide support for employees experiencing the condition.The new accreditation scheme, launched by national charity Endometriosis UK in June 2019, offers guidance to employers on how to support staff diagnosed with endometriosis. As part of the endometriosis friendly employer accreditation process, organisations must commit to provide relevant support for employees experiencing endometriosis, ensuring that these individuals can thrive at work.The employer pledge requires organisations to focus on areas such as leadership and management support, tackling stigma and culture change, and building communications to raise awareness of endometriosis and the available aid.Endometriosis is a long-term chronic pain condition where cells similar to the ones found in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body. Associated symptoms include significant pain or needing more frequent access to the toilet because of bowel or bladder-related factors.Standard Life Aberdeen, which employs more than 6,000 staff across 52 global operating sites, was formally accredited by Endometriosis UK on 28 June 2019.Committing to be an endometriosis friendly employer aligns with the organisation’s goal of contributing to an inclusive future and creating a workplace for everyone as workforces become more diverse.Susie Logan (pictured), brand and marketing director at Standard Life, said: “Endometriosis impacts every single aspect of sufferers lives, including work. This is why it is so important that employers commit to better support for their staff, not only for those with endometriosis, but all invisible illnesses. It simply cannot be the case that these illnesses, which impact more people than many of us know, are ignored.“Signing up to the endometriosis friendly employer scheme is something we are incredibly proud to do. We have already taken a number of steps to satisfy the criteria outlined by Endometriosis UK to support our [staff] with endometriosis and are committed to doing more. Ultimately, it’s about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and we can work together to achieve that.”Emma Cox, chief executive officer at Endometriosis UK, added: “Endometriosis should not be a taboo subject, and we want organisations to adopt an open culture when it comes to talking about female health. Every employer should be comfortable in talking about endometriosis with their staff and, in turn, help employees feel supported in talking about their experience.”last_img read more

Post Chapter 11 RDA Looks for Turnaround

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first_img The changes aren’t over—advertisers haven’t weighed in yet; more than half of RDA’s international license deals are still pending—but Guth says the company’s core is going to remain stable for the foreseeable future. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! RDA is also changing the ad sales model for its flagship title. Advertiser Exclusivity The new model will concentrate on driving more direct-to-publisher sold subscriptions at higher, more consistent rates, Guth says. The other part of the strategy has been in recalibrating its core. With a more profitable customer model in place, Reader’s Digest is going to focus more on audience development through product enhancements. There have been two bankruptcies, the company’s revenues have been cut by more than a half a billion dollars and key business units have been sold off. Three different CEOs have overseen the changes. Though Reader’s Digest had kept circulation steady at around 5.5 million over the last three years, the numbers show it increasingly turned to agents and discounting to do so. Average annualized subscription prices fell by more than $4.30 or almost 25 percent since 2010, by far the largest drop in its competitive set, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. — “If you look at it through the lens of the consumer, it’s not contradictory,” he says. “The fundamentals of the approach are about improving the quality first. Going from 10 to 12 is obviously a huge step in improving the quality of the product as it’s perceived by customers.” There’s no new price point yet, but enforcing pricing discipline will be a big part of the plan moving forward, Guth says. Too many buyers were waiting for the discounted offers. Most notably, the magazine is slashing its rate base by 45 percent, dropping from 5.5 million to 3 million in a move that’s intended to reduce dependency on underpriced agent-sold subscriptions. The cut will be phased in through the rest of 2013 and take full effect January 1, 2014. He says the company will return to profitability next year. Upheaval has been a defining characteristic of RDA Holding Co. for the last three years. “If anything had taken away from [our core business] over time, it was just a lack of focus,” Guth says. “I think there was an anecdotal view that the publishing sector in general was going to continue to decline and therefore we needed to do other things to offset that. There’s nothing wrong with that philosophy—a lot of successful businesses have done that—but in our case, all those other pursuits accelerated the decline.” Reducing Rate Base and Going Customer-Centric This year’s product improvements to Taste of Home—which included a content expansion, perfect binding and heavier stock sections—resulted in a 14.2-percent ad page bump in the first half, per PIB. Those changes come after Reader’s Digest moved from 10 to 12 issues annually for 2013 and follow investments in the Taste of Home product, RDA’s second-largest title. Part of Guth’s strategy has been to divest those ancillary lines of business. Among other changes since he arrived, Everyday with Rachel Ray and Allrecipies.com were sold to Meredith in separate deals, 150 staffers were laid off and it was announced that the company would license its international operations. Guth disagrees though. It goes back to the consumer-centric model. Reader’s Digest will cut the number of ad pages in each book, moving to an 80-20 edit-to-ad ratio, while offering category exclusivity for partners. No more than four advertisers of any given product category will be in each book. While limiting ad space is a hallmark of the new strategy, moving from 10 to 12 issues per year seems to run counter to that goal. They’re cutting inventory in one place and adding it in another. The magazine will undergo a redesign in late 2014 that will include a cover change, a cleaner navigation experience, increased ad spacing throughout the book and a content shift toward more national interest stories. A new mobile design is also slated to be announced later this year. “This is a company going through a massive transformation,” Guth says. “When the dust settles, we’re going to be a quarter of the size we were two years ago. And you don’t go through all that without some amount of change.” “Historically, [the profitability of] virtually all our titles came from the subscription base, not from the advertising base,” he continues. “By pursing a rate base almost blindly, you lose the ability to have a profitable subscriber base because you rely on agents and you end up at the least common denominator of those agents’ pricings.” Robert Guth, president and CEO of the company since late 2011, has been orchestrating a strategic turnaround against that backdrop, betting on discipline and exclusivity to stabilize the 91-year-old name brand. The majority of the changes announced as part of RDA’s emergence from bankruptcy are aimed at the company’s flagship title and largest single piece, Reader’s Digest. RDA is now set to emerge from Chapter 11 in late July with about $100 million in debt. That’s down from around $500 million at the time of the latest bankruptcy filing and $2.1 billion less than the first time around. “There are two kinds of business strategies: There’s a strategy that’s advertising-centric, which requires a rate-base mindset, and there’s a strategy that’s more consumer-centric,” Guth says. “Either business strategy is great, but you can’t be both. I think over time, we’ve evolved into a place where we were trying to be both.” While Reader’s Digest’s decrease in inventory makes increasing ad page counts impossible, the company is hoping for a similarly positive reaction from advertisers.last_img read more

Republicans in Fairbanks vie to be national delegates

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first_imgA few hundreds Republicans are gathered in Fairbanks today for the state party convention. APRN’s Liz Ruskin is reporting from there.Download AudioPaul Dawson of Craig wears his colors at the Alaska Republican Convention in Fairbanks (Photo by Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington D.C.)TOWNSEND: Liz, you left us with a bit of a cliffhanger yesterday. What’s the big news party chairman Peter Goldberg was hinting at?RUSKIN: OK, you have to remember: this is a gathering of political animals, who live and breathe delegate counts. Everybody’s wondering if Donald Trump can get the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination. He’s still more than 200 delegates short. So the “big news” here in Fairbanks was, the party central committee decided to keep the allocation of Alaska delegates the same: 12 for Ted Cruz, 11 for Trump and five for Marco Rubio.TOWNSEND: Rather than split up the Rubio delegates because he’s suspended his campaign?RUSKIN: Right. So maybe not the hugest news. But today, the convention here in Fairbanks started the process of deciding who they’ll send in those roles. 160 people have applied and they have to narrow it to 25 people, plus 25 alternates.TOWNSEND: How’s that going?RUSKIN: It’s competitive! The delegate hopefuls have printed up flyers, like campaign brochures, with photos and graphics. One woman’s pic showed her with an AR-15 on her lap. Jennifer Clutts of Anchor Point. She said she was trying to stand out from the crowd, and show her Second Amendment colors. Meanwhile, the campaigns have people running around with rosters of their preferred delegates, the ones they’re sure will remain loyal in Cleveland. David Morgan, from Anchorage, was keeping a list for the Trump campaign. He was kind of agitated last night when he says a new yellow sheet for delegates appeared, and he thought the other campaigns had advance knowledge.MORGAN: “They’re adding an extra form, which some of us don’t feel is necessarily necessary. So we just now have to make sure that our guys fill out the form. It’s one more thing to do before 9 o’clock in the morning. Hold on. (Did you need one of these?) I need 35 of them. (Oh, well Kristi has 35.)”RUSKIN: It soon blew over. But it’s the kind of minor tension running around here.TOWNSEND: So Trump does have people working it on the ground.RUSKIN: Yes. They seem calm and confident their candidate will win. And then there are people like Mary Bishop of Fairbanks.BISHOP: “I’m a ‘never Trump’ person.”RUSKIN: Mary’s from Fairbanks. She says she’d like to be a delegate to Cleveland, but only if she thought it’d be an opportunity to stop Trump. She says Trump seems to inspire his supporters to displays of bigotry.Mary Bishop, of Fairbanks, describes herself as a “never-Trump person.”BISHOP: “It just reminds me of what happened in Nazi Germany back in the ‘30s, and that scares me. He may not be that way, but he brings out the people who are that way. And I don’t think that’s good for the country.”TOWNSEND: Wow.RUSKIN: Yep. We’ve got all brands of Republican here. But it’s been quite smooth.TOWNSEND: When does the convention make its decision on the delegates?RUSKIN: That becomes final tomorrow. The nominations committee has been working on THEIR list behind closed doors for hours. The biggest kerfuffle of the whole convention that I’ve seen, actually, was just before they closed the doors, when Committee Chairwoman Paulette Simpson of Juneau asked members to relinquish their cell phones, to avoid any leaks.last_img read more

After JW Marriott Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai charges Rs 1700 for

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first_imgAfter JW Marriott’s infamous banana debacle, the high-end Four Seasons hotel in Mumbai has now taken the crown for charging exorbitant amounts for two boiled eggs.A Twitter user shared an image of a bill given by the five-star hotel where a pair of boiled eggs cost…wait for it…Rs 1,700. If you thought Rs 440 for two bananas was expensive, maybe it is time for you to change your mind.Kartik Dhar shared an image of the bill with the caption: “2 eggs for Rs 1700 at the @FourSeasons Mumbai. @RahulBose1 Bhai Aandolan karein (Shall we protest)?”2 eggs for Rs 1700 at the @FourSeasons Mumbai. @RahulBose1 Bhai Aandolan karein? pic.twitter.com/hKCh0WwGcy— Kartik Dhar (@KartikDhar) August 10, 2019 What was surprising was that all the items in the bill were quite expensive. An omelette costs Rs 850 and diet coke is Rs 250.High-end hotels charging unreasonable rates for everyday and common food items came to light last month when Bollywood actor Rahul Bose took to Twitter to share a video of his bill by JW Marriott in Chandigarh where he was asked to pay Rs 442 for a pair of bananas, which was termed as a fruit platter.This video made JW Marriott come under the scanner of the excise department in Chandigarh who fined the hotel Rs 25,000 after conducting an investigation.last_img read more

Jacks or better to open

Jacks or better to open

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first_imgRelated posts:First sail on a fly 80 years of illegal (tarpon) immigration Three Billboards Outside San José, Costa Rica: Can fish bring a country together? New tournament in Quepos to crown Best Fisherwoman Worldwide For the better part of the year, the rivers running into the Caribbean side of Costa Rica look like coffee with cream because of the runoff, mostly from the volcanoes. The San Juan, which borders Costa Rica, Rio Colorado, Tortuguero and Parismina river mouths have become famous over the years for catching tarpon.The coffee-colored freshwater floats on the surface of the saltwater and brings nutrients to the sea that start the chain of life. The surface water looks dirty, but a couple of feet before the water is Caribbean clear, and fish have no trouble seeing to feed. As the river water pushes offshore, it collides with a current and forms a horseshoe, leaving and coming back to shore. It is as if nature had drawn a line with dirty water on one side and Caribbean emerald on the other. One side of the current will usually be flat as a pancake and the other like a washing machine on gentle cycle. Baitfish gather on the current, and the predators move in to feed.Captains fishing the current will usually stop about 50 yards on the clear side of the current and drift back toward it. The bait of choice for years was the old Porter Sea Hawk, and bucktail and plastic jigs. In recent years, sardines, which are jigged up on small gold hooks, have become very popular. Rolling tarpon always gets an angler’s adrenalin pumping. Photo via Pesca sabalo.A seasoned angler from Florida worked his jig just outside the rip. Tarpon rolled on the surface nearby and the adrenalin level was rising. Finally, a tap on the line and then the rod doubled over. The angler drove the hook home and line began to scream off the reel. He was expecting to see his line head toward the surface, as it does when a tarpon takes to the air. Instead, it dug deep and he felt that old familiar head shake. He gritted his teeth as he grunted out, “It’s a #+#*#*## Jack!” Thirty minutes later, he had a 35 lb jack next to his boat that he considered a waste of time — he could have been pulling on tarpon. A tarpon comes to the boat at the color change Photo via Silver King Lodge.Jack Crevalle are often referred to as head-shakers, bulldogs, thumpers, or the not-so-tactful words chosen by this angler because of the way they fight when hooked. They are found on both coasts of Costa Rica. For a seasoned angler used to fishing in saltwater, they might be considered a trash fish, but for a vacationing angler from somewhere in the midwest, they are one hell of a battle. Dan Aled with a Pacific Jack caught while filming with BBC. Photo via BBCI truly believe if they jumped and tasted better, they would be right up there on the top of the game fish list. I remember when I was about 8 years old, when my little brother and I brought home a stringer of small jacks we had caught. My mother cooked them for dinner. I never kept another jack, although I did have one prepared by Clifford the chef on the Rain Goddess years ago in Barra del Colorado that was excellent. Local Costa Rican fishermen eat them regularly. I’m sure they know something my mother didn’t.Jacks are ferocious eaters and fighters. They readily hit a live or dead bait, jig, popper, or almost any type of artificial offering. The Atlantic jack crevalle grows larger than its Pacific counterpart. They can grow to over 60 lbs; the Pacific species can obtain a weight of nearly 40 lbs. They are for the most part an inshore species but have occasionally ventured offshore. Rito displays an Atlantic Jack Crevalle. Photo via Rio Indio.If you are fishing tarpon on the Caribbean, or roosterfish on the Pacific coast, you are more than likely going to encounter a Jack crevalle. If you are dealt a hand of a pair of jacks or better, you’ve still had a good day of fishing.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full-time to marine conservation and is the communications director at FECOP. Contact him at wetline@hotmail.com.​​​​​​This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.​​​​Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Mortgage Application Volume Fell 45 MBA

Mortgage Application Volume Fell 45 MBA

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first_img February 22, 2012 404 Views in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Mortgage Application Volume Fell 4.5%: MBA Mortgage application volume contracted by 4.5 percent from the week before, according to the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE]The Market Composite Index, a measure of volume for loan applications, fell 3.6 percent [COLUMN_BREAK]on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the MBA’s weekly survey.Seasonally adjusted purchases declined by 2.9 percent from the week before and rose by 1.4 percent on an unadjusted basis.The Refinance Index went down by 4.8 percent from the prior week, just as the refinance share of mortgage activity shrank to 80.1 percent of total application volume from 81.1 percent.The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity declined from 5.4 percent of total volume to 5.3 percent.The four-week moving average meanwhile fell marginally for the Market Index and by 3.21 percent for the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index. The average went up by less than 1 percent for the Refinance Index.For January, total application volume from borrowers who chose to refinance came to 57.2 percent for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, 24.4 percent for 15-year loans, and 5.5 percent for ARMs.center_img Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Processing Service Providers 2012-02-22 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more

Mockingbird chosen as Americas bestloved novel

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first_img‘Mockingbird’ chosen as America’s best-loved novel in vote LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overpowered wizards and time travellers to be voted America’s best-loved novel by readers nationwide.The 1960 book by Harper Lee emerged as No. 1 in PBS’ “The Great American Read” survey, whose results were announced Tuesday on the show’s finale. More than 4 million votes were cast in the six-month-long contest that put 100 titles to the test. Books that were published as a series counted as a single entry.The other top-five finishers in order of votes were Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series about a time-spanning love; J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” boy wizard tales; Jane Austen’s romance “Pride and Prejudice”; and J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” fantasy saga.Turns out the contest was a “Mockingbird” runaway.“The novel started out at No. 1 on the first day of the vote, and it never wavered,” series host Meredith Vieira said.Joining her to sing the book’s praises was writer Aaron Sorkin, whose adaptation of “Mockingbird” starts Broadway previews next month, and cast members. Sorkin (“The West Wing,” ”The Social Network”) said reading Lee’s novel was his first brush with “astonishing writing.”“There is soul-crushing injustice in this book that still exists,” he said. “And at the centre, morality, decency and what it is to be a person strikes us.”LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who portrays Calpurnia in the play, marveled at Lee’s achievement.“I was most impressed that a woman wrote that way” during that era, the actress said, and that Lee was so “deeply involved on the right side of right.”Lee’s slender, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel proved enduring enough to overcome the popularity of hefty epics adapted as blockbuster movie franchises (the Potter and Tolkien works) or for TV (“Outlander”). Even “Pride and Prejudice,” the 200-year-old inspiration for numerous TV and movie versions and with an army of “Janeites” devoted to Austen and her work, couldn’t best Lee’s novel.Debbie Ford of Orion, Illinois, an “Outlander” fan whose love of the books was showcased on an episode of “The Great American Read,” expressed disappointment they didn’t win. But she delighted in the attention they — and the joy of reading — received.“I believe this PBS series has reminded some of us again that reading is important, and it has exposed us to books that we may not ordinarily pick up. And that’s such a good thing!” Ford said in an email Tuesday, adding a friendly plug: “So please go read a book that you have not read before — especially if you haven’t yet discovered ‘Outlander’!”“To Kill a Mockingbird” has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and remains a fixture on school reading lists. The 1962 screen adaptation won three Oscars, including a best-actor trophy for Gregory Peck’s portrayal of heroic Atticus Finch.Set in the 1930s South, the book centres on attorney Finch and his young children, daughter Scout and son Jem. When Finch defends an African-American man falsely accused of assaulting a white woman, the trial and its repercussions open Scout’s eyes to the world around her, good and bad.Lee’s second published novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” was written in the 1950s before “Mockingbird” but is essentially a sequel. After being put aside by the author, it was rediscovered and released in 2015. Lee died the next year at age 89.Besides the TV series, “The Great American Read” initiative included a 50,000-member online book club and video content across PBS platforms, Facebook and YouTube that drew more than 5 million views.The 100-book list voted on by readers was based on an initial survey of about 7,000 Americans, with an advisory panel of experts organizing the list. Books had to have been published in English but not written in the language, and one book or series per author was allowed. Bookworms could vote once daily for their favourite work.___Online:https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home___Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber . by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Oct 23, 2018 6:24 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2018 at 8:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img This combination photo shows author Harper Lee during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. on Aug. 20, 2007, left, and the cover of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The book was voted No. 1 in PBS’ “Great American Read” survey to determine America’s best-loved novel. (AP Photo, left, and Harper via AP) last_img read more

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first_imgShots were fired at a house and a car in Limassol early on Thursday morning, damaging both the vehicle and the building.Police were informed about the incident at 4.30am by the 46-year-old owner of the house.When officers went to the scene they found evidence of three shots having been fired. One damaged an aluminium door, another a phone at the entrance and the third the windscreen of a car belonging to a 51-year-old woman who lives in the house.The total damage has been estimated at €850.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Aamir Khan’s brother Faisal is gearing up to make his comeback into films with “Chinar-Daastaan-E-Ishq”.

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